1. I am not trying to start a name callin, flame throwin, out and out brawl with this. I have a legitimit question for all you good folks out there.

    I have heard, and stated in the past, that the NCLEX-RN seems to be much harder in comparison with the NCLEX-PN and that more people seem to fail the NCLEX-RN. This is where the ADN vs. BSN comes into play.

    Are there two seperate NCLEX-RN tests based on whether you graduated with the ADN or BSN?

    I know that in this area the BSN requires about 2 years more school and wondered if this may be the reason that some are failing the NCLEX. I mean, really!!! That makes sense. If I went through a two year ADN program I would probably have more problems taking the same test that the girl/guy next to me is when they have a 4 year BSN.

    I hope this post makes sense to ya'll as I am very scatterbrained right now.

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  3. by   delirium
    Very briefly, the NCLEX-RN is the same exam whether you matriculated into and graduated from an ADN or a BSN program.

    I'm in an ADN program. I will not comment on BSN programs as obviously I'd have no idea what I was talking about. Our program has a 97% pass rate, but I have a sneaking suspicion its because they make the third semester so difficult that half the class flunks out. Sort of a weeding out thing.
    Last edit by delirium on Jan 8, '03
  4. by   Tweety
    In many programs the two years extra are not necessary the courses that will help you with the NCLEX-RN.

    They are peripheral courses, things such as public health, management, rehab, business, and extra basic courses like statitics. There are many directions to go with nursing. The BSN allows for more options, as many positions such as in teaching and management require BSNs.

    But all RN grads take the same board.
  5. by   delirium
    Are you a BSN graduate, 3S? I'm still trying to work out whether or not I want to go on and get mine.

    I fargin' hate school.
  6. by   frann
    I wasthinking about going back, but looked at the courses and decided itwouldn't make me abetter nurse. And i would only make 50 cents more a hour.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Same Test for ADN, BSN or diploma grads nationwide.... and for your info:

    ADN and BSN pass rates are virtually the same. (a 0.1% higher rate for BSN's than ADN grads. ) If you want more info check: for statistics and more information.
  8. by   Scavenger'sWife
    AJN nursing mag published a survey awhile back that showed ADN pass rate was a very small percentage better than BSN. (I will try to track down the issue)

    Above posters are correct. When I entered school, I looked at both programs. Went ADN b/c was shorter (get out & get a job!!) But now I wish I had done the BSN route b/c I want to go into teaching or maybe nurse management.

    So choose the program based on what you want to do when you graduate...not on salary (basically the same) nor on NCLEX, since we all take the same one. My ADN shool has had a pass rate of over 95% for 1st time takers for over 10 years.
  9. by   Dr. Kate
    While I did the ADN to BSN thing a lot of years ago, the thing I have picked up from reading the boards is that nodays the pre-reqs for an ADN program can take upwards of 2 years to complete. And you still have two years of nursing to do. A generic BSN programs takes 4 years to complete, and the pre-reqs count toward the BSN.
    The BSN classes that are different usually relate to community/public health, leadership, and research. Not really bad things to know about. Most BSN program subscribe to some formal nursing model or theory and that can color they way they teach. But the bottom line goal for all nursing schools is to produce graduates who pass the NCLEX. So, NCLEX pass rate is one way to judge the quality of a school. And, remember what you want to do when you start might not even be close to what you want to do when you finish, or what you end up doing. Open as many options for yourself as you can.
  10. by   deespoohbear